06 Feb 2018

The star of Spanish unionism will boycott the women’s march

Ines Arrimadas, the leader of the Spanish center-right party, has declared that she will not support the International Women's Day strike scheduled for March 8, because it opposes capitalism.

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Why this story matters:

Arrimadas, for those who didn’t follow the Catalan crisis closely, is the new face of the pro-Spain opposition in the Catalan parliament. She rapidly made a name for herself and her party by securing the most seats in Parliament with to her heart logo (see below), leaving the Catalans separatists with a perilously narrow majority.

She justified her refusal to support the international women’s strike by pointing to the event's anti-capitalist undertones -- an issue that is far from central to the movement.

Once a mysterious newcomer in Spanish politics, Arrimadas has given us a revealing glimpse of her value hierarchy with her comments.

women's issues, politics, gender

Details from the story:

  • A cross-sectional, popular platform of feminist institutions organizes a nationwide strike on International Women’s Day (March 8) to raise awareness on the importance of gender equality in today’s economic structures.
  • On that day, women are encouraged to refrain not only from working and studying but also consuming, e.g. shopping. 
  • The aim of the strike is to show the vital role of women in a workplace (including housework), as well as women as consumers and students. 
  • Although the leaders of the strike have declared that they oppose both patriarchy and capitalism, their manifesto reads that the movement is open to everyone. 
  • Nonetheless, the leader of the centre-right party Ciudadanos, Ines Arrimades, has declared that she will not attend the demonstration due to its anti-capitalist nature.
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